Photo via Jalen Haralson on Instagram

IU basketball staff busy on first day of fall recruiting period

Indiana continues to make it abundantly clear — irrespective of class, 2025 point guard Jalen Haralson is a top priority.

Mike Woodson and all three of his assistants — Kenya Hunter, Yasir Rosemond and Brian Walsh — were at a 6:30 a.m. workout for Haralson on Friday, the first day coaches were allowed to hit the road and watch prospects during the fall recruiting period.  Fishers head coach Garrett Winegar confirmed that plan to The Daily Hoosier yesterday.

The fall period is unique because, unlike the spring and summer when several prospects are playing in the same event, college staffs must go where the prospects live, and their number of days on the road are limited by rule.  And that means staff priorities are revealed.

The Friday visit follows a pattern now for the IU staff when it comes to Haralson.  All four coaches watched several of Haralson’s games six weeks ago at the Peach Invitational in Georgia, along with his teammate and fellow 2025 in-state priority Trent Sisley.

“They are very interested in me and Trent, and what we can do at our age,” Haralson told The Daily Hoosier of Indiana’s involvement when we talked to him down in Georgia. “It’s cool that the whole coaching staff was here, including Coach Woodson for two games.”

The interest is being reciprocated by Haralson, who took an unofficial visit last month to IU and has two more visits planned.

From the Haralson visit, the IU staff fanned out, with each coach hitting some of their top priorities as Friday open gym schedules allowed.

According to 247Sports national analyst Travis Branham, the IU staff will also visit 2024 forward Derik Queen.  Hunter is the point person with Queen.  He is also expected at IU for an official visit in late September.  Hunter also made his way over to Sidwell H.S. in Washington D.C. to see 2024 wing Caleb Williams, according to that school’s Twitter account.  For more on Williams, GO HERE.

According to Joe Tipton of On3, IU is expected at Montverde Academy next week to see 2024s Asa Newell and Liam McNeeley.

As The Daily Hoosier was first to report earlier this week, the IU staff is also expected to be in Georgia today to visit priority class of 2023 4-star forward/center Arrinten Page.  Woodson and Rosemond should be in Marietta for that stop.  The 6-foot-9 Page confirmed to The Daily Hoosier they were coming on Friday.  He is IU’s primary remaining class of 2023 target at this time and he is expected to make a college decision in the coming weeks.  According to Branham, USC and Cincinnati are also visiting him today, and Miami (Fla.) is also expected.  Those four schools appear to be the finalists.

Woodson and Rosemond also visited 2023 verbal commit Jakai Newton on Friday.  He published a picture on his Twitter page:

According to George Hill All Indy coach Mike Saunders, Walsh stopped by Lawrence North H.S. on the Indianapolis northeast side later in the morning to watch class of 2025 guard Azavier Robinson.  The 6-foot-1 point guard is one of the top in-state playmakers in the sophomore class and has been on the IU radar for a while.

According to a report by Jake Weingarten of StockRisers, Indiana is also set to go visit 2025 guard Trey McKenney from Michigan in the coming days.  Indiana offered McKenney in July.  He is coming to IU for Hoosier Hysteria.  For more on McKenney, GO HERE.

According to a report by Andrew Slater of Pro Insight, Indiana will also attend an open gym of 2024 5-star guard Dylan Harper.  We caught up with Harper at Peach Jam in July.

We also expect, per a source, Indiana will see 2024 Jaeden Mustaf.  Indiana is trying to get the D.C. metro area to come to Bloomington for a visit.  Update:  Mustaf’s father, who played for Maryland and in the NBA, posted a picture of Hunter with his son on Saturday:

A few other names mentioned over the course of the day on Friday as on IU’s visit radar we’ll keep an eye on:

  • Naas Cunningham (2024)
  • Malachi Moreno (2025)
  • Jayden Johnson (2026)
  • Jordan Bender (2026)
  • Sam Mbingazo (2026)

The NCAA Division One fall recruiting period runs from Sept. 9 through Nov. 6.  During this span, authorized athletics department staff may make in-person, off campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.

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